Coleman missed the NFL Scouting Combine in February due to a foot injury. With a level of uncertainty on Coleman’s draft stock, his workout drew a crowd of scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams.
Coleman’s workout was impressive enough to possibly boost his draft stock as the draft process nears its ending, running the 40-yard dash that clocked between the mid-4.30s to low-4.40s.
That compares favorably to the 4.52 time that Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon ran at the NFL combine. Many draft experts rank Gordon No. 2 amongst running backs in the draft, while Coleman is listed from 3-5.
Coleman was very happy with his performance, saying he accomplished what he set out to do.
“Just show the scouts that I’m ready, that I can cut,” Coleman said. “That’s what they were worried about because of my toe. I did everything, so I was happy about that.”
Coleman also showed off his pass catching skills at the end of the workout. He ran multiple routes out of the backfield and even spilt out at receiver.
Coleman felt confident in his draft stock following the workout, saying that he thinks it was enough for NFL teams to consider him a first round pick.
“It’s really important,” Coleman said of being selected in the first round. “It’s one of my goals I want to achieve, so that’s why I came out here and gave it my all.”
Coleman also addressed the foot injury following his workout.
“I tweaked it the third game of the season,” Coleman said “Then four games after that, that’s when I really injured it.
“The only people who knew were my coach and my trainer. Coach Wilson didn’t know. I kept practicing and playing.”
The first round of the NFL Draft is on Thursday, April 30th